No. 16 Carleton men, No. 14 Wheaton women move on
|Freshman Ally Witt had the
gamewinner in overtime for Wheaton (Ill.)
Photo by Michael Hudson Photography, thunderphotos.com
The 2012 conference season continued on Tuesday with building momentum. As a possible sign of things to come, there were a number of overtime matches as well as a few of the dreaded penalty kick rounds.
You can see all of the recent first round scores and you can keep tabs on the upcoming schedule on our Conference Championship Central page.
In women's action, No. 16 and second-seeded Wheaton College defeated the third-seed Titans of Illinois Wesleyan University 3-2 in overtime. The Titans scored first on a goal by sophomore Kate Dunaway, and then again in the second half by junior Hannah Ketterling's breakaway, but Illinois Wesleyan could not keep the lead. Freshman Ally Witt and junior Leah DeMoss equalized for Wheaton, sending the match in overtime.
With just less than a minute to play, Witt pushed hard up the right side and scored the gamewinner off an assist from freshman Anne Wooldridge. Wheaton outshot the Titans 19-13, who finish their season at 9-9 with a 5-2 mark in the CCIW.
In men's action, Carleton College defeated St. John's University 2-0 to advance in the MIAC Tournament. Junior Will Corcoran had the game winning goal in the 62nd minute for the Knights. Senior Alex Voorhees assisted on Corcoran's goal and also added an insurance goal in the 81st minute of play. The Knights are on a 14 match unbeaten streak and will face Gustavus on Saturday for the Tournament Championship.
Gustavus topped St. Thomas 1-0 in the other MIAC men's semifinal. Gabe Steinborn scored for the Gusties, putting away a cross from teammate David Lilly.
Minnesota-Morris will face St. Scholastica in both men's and women's UMAC Championship matches on Saturday. The men bested Northwestern (Minn.) in PKs after the two teams played to a 1-1 draw, while the women did the same against Bethany Lutheran.
In the men's match, freshman Joshua Wolderich put Northwestern up first as he redirected classmate Mark Habeck's corner kick in the ninth minute. The Cougars equalized off a penalty kick late in the first half by junior Ebrima Badgie. Badgie also nailed his penalty kick in the PK round to seal the move to the Championship match for the Cougars. They will face St. Scholastica, who cruised past Bethany Lutheran 6-1.
The women played Bethany Lutheran scoreless through the first half, but broke through when sophomore Kelsi Kolle headed home a direct kick from classmate Ally Heida. 12 minutes later, the Vikings answered with goal by senior Paige Taylor on a long shot that beat keeper Rikki Beaver high. Beaver came back strong in the PK round, making two saves and opening the door for Heida to nail the winning penalty kick.
The St. Scholastica women got by Northwestern 1-0 on a goal off a corner kick by sophomore Kelsy Kehtel. The Saints outshot the Eagles 36-3, but were limited to one goal by a strong performance by junior Sarah Stenson. Stenson faced 14 shots on goal and had 13 saves, and also had to face 12 corner kicks. The Saints moved to 16-4-1 and 13-1 in UMAC play.